According to the Perez family attorney, Eldon Rosenthal, it actually IS new:
Rosenthal argued in court papers that the revelation is a matter of "grave public importance" and shows the city "was expending substantial taxpayer dollars to insure a favorable outcome of the grand jury" before an internal affairs investigation was completed or the police chief had examined the officer's conduct.
I guess I am not surprised, because I figured that any system that operates in secret, answering to no one, in which the choir director is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, and the ones to be "investigated" are his cronies, (other law enforcement officers), there would be no point to any protocol or appearance of legality.
What is interesting here, is that the DA and the city are being defensive about the whole thing. I mean, do they really think that after all this time, anybody really believes that there is anything going on in the grand jury chamber that does not involve a big bucket, a big brush, and a lot of white pigmented liquid? I don't.
In my own favorite miscarriage of justice (you all know which case I am speaking of), at least one of the witlesses is known by me at least to have very questionable veracity, and being a cop wannabe, with extensive ties to the cop community, I would trust no statement that this witless made in support of her cop buddies. Nonetheless, this witless' word was accepted verbatim by the grand jury, with no attention paid to the cop connection.
Therefore, I see no divergence from the norm in this case, where they paid the witless to tell the jury what they wanted the witless to tell them. Nothing new, not one thing.